2015 Competition Winners

First Prize

Ji Yoon Lee

Second Prize

Timothy Ridout

Third Prize

Elina Buksha



Listen to Ji Yoon Lee perform:

Ji Yoon Lee

2015 Winner

Born in 1992 in Seoul, Korea, Jiyoon started learning violin at the age of 4 and showed her musical talent from early days. She had studied with Prof. Nam-Yun Kim from 2001 to until 2012. She was a student of the Preliminary School of the Korean National University of Arts (KNUA) where Prof. Kim teaches. After graduating Yewon School which is the top secondary art school in Korea, she joined the college course of KNUA at the age of 15 as a prodigy student in 2008. Since 2013, she is doing Master’s degree under Prof. Kolja Blacher’s instruction at Hochschule fur Musik “Hanns Eisler”.

The first success in her music career came up with the Grand Prix in the Korea Times Music Competition at the age of 7 in 2000. At the age of 11, she won the Grand Prix in the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra Competition in 2003 and became the youngest winner of all age groups and musical instruments. She took the first place for violin and won the Grand Prix in the 21st KBS-KEPCO Music Competition which is the most prestigious annual music competition in Korea hosted by the Korea Broadcasting System (KBS). She was the youngest Grand Prix winner in its 21 years of history. In 2009, she won the 2nd prize and the Beethoven Sonata Award at ‘Kloster Schöntal International Violin Competition’ held in Germany. In 2011, she was a recipient of ‘Ishikawa Music Award’ in Ishikawa, Japan. She also has been awarded 2nd prize together with “Sarasate Prize” in ‘11th Pablo Sarasate International Violin Competition’ held in Spain. Most recently, Jiyoon won 1st prize in '5th David Oistrakh International Comeptition' in Moscow, along with 'Best interpretation of Sonata Prize' and 'Audience prize'. And also became one of the laureates of prestigious 2014 Indianapolis international violin competition. Since Feburary 2014, she is a recipient of Deutsche Stiftung Musikleben and plays on "Petrus Guarnerius anno 1730 Venedig".

At the age of 7, Jiyoon had her first public appearance as a soloist with Union Symphony Orchestra. Ever since, she has performed in many concerts with numerous orchestras including Korean Symphony Orchestra, Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra and KNUA Orchestra. She has had appearances in many other public and private concerts as a guest soloist. In 2011, she had her solo concert in a series performance of Kumho Young Artist Concert, also sponsored by the Kumho-Asiana Cultural Foundation. In the same year, she had two concerts as a soloist with the KBS Symphony Orchestra which were broadcasted on national television. She was also invited to perform with ‘Camerata Luce Chamber Orchestra’ which is based in Pohang, Korea and appeared as a soloist of the Rising Star Series at the Great Mountain Music Festival in Korea as well as in Ishikawa Music Academy in Japan. In addition, she has performed also with Navarra Symphony Orchestra and Orquestra de Camara Galicia in Spain, and Polish Amadeus chamber orchestra in Poland. Along with her giving a numerous concerts annually, she has participated and appeared as both soloist and chamber musician in various International Music Festivals, including Kronberg Music Academy in Germany and Verbier Festival Academy, where she was chosen as the winner of “Hahnloser Prize”.



Listen to Timothy perform:

Timothy Ridout

Second Prize

Aged just 19, Timothy is a keen advocate of the viola as a solo instrument. He made his concerto debut in 2011 with Martinu’s Rhapsody-Concerto and has since performed with orchestras including, the Baden Baden Philharmonic, the Zagreb Soloists, the Rotterdam Philharmonic Strings, the Young Musicians Symphony Orchestra, the Royal Academy of Music Soloists Orchestra, and the Birmingham Conservatoire String Orchestra. Recent concert highlights have included Mozart Sinfonia Concertante with Maxim Vengerov, in the Dukes Hall at the Royal Academy of Music and Walton’s Viola Concerto at St John’s Smith Square in an evening sponsored by the William Walton Trust, as well as recitals at the Colston Hall in Bristol, and the 42nd International Viola Congress in Porto.

A passionate chamber musician, Timothy has played at many festivals around Europe including Open Chamber music at IMS Prussia Cove UK, Musique a Marsac in France, Accademia dei Cameristi in Italy and ‘Next Generation’Classic Festival Bad Ragaz in Switzerland. He looks forward to playing at Schubertiade in Austria, and The Brighton Festival. Timothy was a member of the Celan Quartet between 2011 and 2014. During his time with the group they had residencies at the Wye Valley Chamber Music Festival and Musikdorf Ernen, and appeared at the Cheltenham, Peasmarsh, Lewes and Frinton Festivals, as well as collaborating with members of The London Haydn Quartet, and the Barbican and Kungsbacka Trios. They also recorded a disc of Berg’s op.3 Quartet which was released on the Music Works Label.

Timothy began playing the viola aged 8 and he now studies at the Royal Academy of Music with Martin Outram and previously studied at the Junior department of the Academy with Jonathan Barritt. He has attended the International Musicians Seminars at Prussia Cove, the Carl Flesch Academy in Baden Baden and the International Music Academy in the Principality of Liechtenstein. He has participated in master classes with Lawrence Power, Maxim Rysanov, Hartmut Rohde and Thomas Riebl. In October 2014 Timothy won the Cecil Aronowitz International Viola Competition. There he was also awarded the Britten-Pears Prize for his performance of Britten’s Lachrymae and the Bishop Instruments Prize for his performance of Hindemith Sonata Op 11. No. 4. In 2013 he was awarded 1st Place in the Theodore Holland Viola Prize at RAM, and in 2014 at the 21st International Johannes Brahms Competition he was awarded the prize of the European String Teachers Association.

Future plans include concerto performances with the Orchestra of the Swan, the Young Musicians Symphony Orchestra, Bedford Symphony Orchestra, as well as premiering a new work by Desmond Clarke at Milton Court Concert Hall with Melos Sinfonia. In the 15/16 season he will make his Debut at the Wigmore Hall with Duo Partner Ke Ma, as an award of the Kirkman Concerts Society, they also plan to release a disc of Vieuxtemps works for viola on the Champs Hill record label in 2016.

Timothy is supported by Ian Stoutzker and the Albert and Eugine Frost Music Trust. He plays a 1677 viola by Giovanni Grancino, kindly on loan from the Royal Academy of Music, with generous support from the Amarylis Fleming Foundation.



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Elina Buksha

Third Prize & Audition Prize

Born in Latvia in 1990, Elina Buksa is considered one of Latvia's foremost up and coming musicians. Elina has been playing violin since the age of 5, having been a student of Latvian violin professor Ojars Kalnins until 2009.

Since 2011 Elina studies with french violinist Augustin Dumay in prestigious Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel in Belgium and with Ana Chumachenco in masterclasses in France, Germany and Switzerland.

She have performed both as soloist and chamber musician in Sweden, Russia, Finland, France, Switzerland, The Netherlands, Italy, Romania, Belgium, Germany and others.She has also performed in concert halls such as Tampere Philharmonia in Finland, National Academic Chappell in St.Petersburg, Concert Hall “Russia” in Moscow, Laeiszhalle Musikhalle in Hamburg, Germany, Flagey and Bozar concert halls in Belgium.

She has appeared in numerous festivals: Festival du Wallonie, Yuri Bashmet festival in Yaroslavl, Festival du Vexin amd others. She has performed with such artists as Maria Joao Pires, Augustin Dumay, Frank Braley and Gerard Caussee.

Since her debut with Liepajas Symphony Amber Sound Orchestra in Latvia, at the age of 12, when she performed Mozart’s Violin Concerto Nr.5, Elina has had important concert appearances in her native Latvia, which have included regular collaborations with Latvian National Symphony orchestra, Latvian National Opera Orchestra, “Collegium Musicum Riga” and others. Her recordings are regularly broadcasted by Latvian National Radio and Television.

She has also performed with such orchestras as Sinfonietta Riga, Sinfonia Varsovia, the Liège Royal Philharmonic, Südwestdeutsche Philharmonie Konstanz, Musica Viva in Moscow,Royal chamber orchestra of Wallonie.

Elina Buksa’s debut CD entitled “Ave Maria”, recorded in Riga Dome Cathedral, featuring soprano Inese Galante was released in 2008. Since the age of 14, Elina is the artist of the concert agency „Herman Braun Foundation” in Latvia. In winter 2013 Elina recorded pieces of C.Saint Saens together with Liege Royal Philharmonie and Christian Arming, released by Outhere label.

In 2013 Elina received Latvian Great Music Award, the highest honor in Latvian music for 'Debut of the Year'.

Elina plays Domenico Montagnana violin (1723) given to her from Queen Elisabeth Music chapel.

The highlights of the 2014–15 season include debuts with the Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra of Moscow Radio under the baton of Vladimir Fedoseyev, and the Kansai Symphony Orchestra in Japan, with Augustin Dumay.

In summer 2015 Elina will record E.Lalo Concerto Russe, together with Liege Royal Philharmonie and Jean Jacques Kantorow.


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